The program for the Multi-City Equity Summit is being designed to provide attendees with a variety of opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful discussions with other members of our community. The program will provide an emphasis on open and relevant conversations that will strengthen the common understanding of equity related issues shared by the cities of Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn, and Wilsonville.

The high-level format for the summit is:

  • Registration
  • Opening Remarks
  • Keynote Speaker – Dr. Marvin Lynn
  • Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Closing Remarks – Emmett Wheatfall

Keynote speaker Dr. Marvin Lynn is an educational leader, scholar, cultural critic, artist and father. He has served in a variety of leadership roles at urban public institutions of various types and sizes. Dr. Lynn currently serves as Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University.

In addition to taking on challenging leadership roles at public universities, Dr. Lynn is internationally recognized as a scholar of race and education. He serves on a variety of editorial boards for some of the most prestigious educational research journals. The Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education was published simultaneously in the US and the UK on Routledge Press in March of 2013. In April of 2013, he and co-editor-Dr. Adrienne Dixson were recognized as “Routledge Authors of the Month.”

Our Closing remarks will be provided by Emmett Wheatfall. Emmett is an Assistant County Administrator for Clackamas County where his primary responsibilities are for equity, diversity, and inclusion. He was previously a vice-president for the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, as well as Corporate Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Specialist for Portland General Electric. He has spent years assisting employees, workgroups, and organizations in such areas as equity, diversity and inclusion, affirmative action, and equal employment opportunity.

The morning breakout sessions will provide participants with choices between both educational presentations and facilitated dialog workshops. Opportunities in the afternoon breakout sessions will include more facilitated dialog sessions and also some action planning sessions that are focused on developing plans for deeper coordination between our communities.

The details of the program are still under development, but series of themes are being explored, some of which are listed below:

  • Looking at Oregon history through a DEI lens (Educational)
  • What is equity, and how does it differ from equality? (Educational)
  • Unconscious bias – we all have it and need to learn to recognize it (Educational)
  • How to build inclusion, wellbeing, and trust in a community (Facilitated dialog)
  • Barriers to equity: structural and cultural (Facilitated dialog)
  • Micro-aggressions and implicit bias (Facilitated dialog)
  • Equity in education (Facilitated dialog)
  • Allyship (Facilitated dialog)
  • Community and schools working together (Development of action plans)
  • Community and city governments working together (Development of action plans)

As the program further develops, we will post updates on our website.